If you have periodontal disease, you know that you need to protect your gums from further damage. There are cases where a gum graft might be necessary. But what is a gum graft? What are gum grafts used for? We have answers to your questions about gum grafts. When gum grafts are used, patients report healthier gums.
What Is A Gum Graft?
When we do a gum graft, we transplant soft tissues from the inside of your mouth to places in your mouth where your gums have receded or have been damaged by disease. Gum grafts generally have an excellent success rate. Gum grafting usually happens after treatment for gum disease. There are two reasons for gum grafting.
Reasons Gum Grafting Might Be Necessary
There are two main reasons a gum graft might be necessary. First, periodontal disease can expose tooth roots. When tooth roots are exposed, eating hot or cold foods can become very difficult. Gum grafts add to the amount of tissue covering the tooth roots, which making eating and drinking more comfortable.
Second, lack of gum tissue can result in tooth loss. Gum tissue provides an underpinning of structure for teeth. When it is missing, or there is less of it, tooth loss can occur, which eventually will affect the jawbone.
Another reason people might need a gum graft is because they want their teeth to look healthy. Gum recession can lead to less gum tissue, which makes teeth appear longer. Gum grafts allow people to smile without being self-conscious. If you have questions about gum grafts, or you are not sure you need a gum graft, why not give us a call? We would love to talk to you about the importance of gum grafts, and why gum grafts are important to your dental health. Contact us today!